The Home Court Advantage
Nearly every skateboarder has their home base spot. The place where you and your friends meet up, maybe as launch pad for a day of different spots, or maybe to sit around, bullshit and skate flatground. For us it was the Hennepin County Government Center. It had ledges, stairs, a good wall for wallies, it was in the dead center of Downtown Minneapolis, and if you stayed behind the wall the security guards wouldn't see you. These types of spots come and go, but nearly every city has them.
There is something about footage of someone skating their own turf that feels relatable. All the friends there to cheer them on, the way they know every crack in the sidewalk and the best way to grind a ledge. Maybe, like in more traditional sports, this is due to a home court advantage. Josh Kalis recently took to Twitter to voice his opinions on traveling all over the world to film video parts. There is no denying that seeing the Girl/Chocolate team skating EMB or Lockwood had a different feel to it than Plan B skating China, and this is due to so much more than just wheel size, pant size and camera quality. It is an energy and feeling. His tangent got us thinking, and we selected some of our favorite video parts filmed of skaters on their home turf:
Guy Mariano - Mouse - 1996: Lockwood is the most iconic L.A. skate spot of the 90's. Guy's part from Mouse is one of the most iconic parts from the 90s. There are a handful of spots in this part that could have made this list (The Venice pavilion), but the tricks he was doing here at that time were so futuristic that we'd be remiss if we left it out. Watch any Girl/Chocolate production and this spot is going to be all over it. Guy went on to do some freaky lazer flips here in the later part of his career, which one could argue is taking it a little too far, but there is no denying that Guy really knows how to skate this spot.
Henry Sanchez - Sight Unseen - 2001: San Francisco has always had tons of recognizable skate spots, and 3rd and Army is a classic. Roughly 35% of this video part is filmed at the spot, with ledge tricks, wheelies, and stairs all being utilized. Henry Sanchez has been a key factor of SF since the early 90's and has produced a lot of footage from a handful of spots, but the footage from this spot in this part is our favorite.
Mike Carroll - Goldfish - 1994: EMB is THE San Francisco spot. So many different video parts have been filmed predominantly here, but the last line in Mike Carroll's Goldfish part just makes you wish you were part of this scene. Everyone running and cheering him on, the click of the bricks, the sun starting to set and Carroll's casual slip-outs all serve as reminders that Mike Carroll is the coolest and that the 90's were a great time for skating.
Travis Wood - Big Man on Campus - 2014: Travis Wood skates the University of Minnesota exclusively in this part, but none of the spots you would expect to see on campus. He seeks out the stuff that most of us would pass by and not think much of. This part isn't so much about the spot, but the area, and discovering the nooks that most people hadn't.
Bobby Worrest - Hometown Turf Killer - 2014: Pulaski Park in Washington, DC has been home to a handful of East Coast legends, from Reese Forbes to Pepe Martinez (RIP) to Darren Harper, but it is Bobby Worrest who we'd like to focus on. Last year he filmed a part exclusively at the park and showed us what he is capable of at his hometown stomping ground, prompting a collective 'WOW' from the internet.